CLINTON — Clinton River King Connor Hyde battled through singles play against Muscatine’s Samuel Wieskamp and pulled out a victory, which gave Clinton a shot at winning the team scores in doubles.
It wasn’t quite enough as the Kings fell 5-4 at Max Lynn Courts Thursday afternoon.
“These losses will only help us going forward,” Clinton coach Andrew Carbajal said. “But this is one I want back to do over again.”
Hyde fell to Wieskamp 1-6 in the first set, but came back and won 7-6 (7-5), 15-13.
“He had so much fight in him, he pushed through injury,” Carbajal said. “It was huge because it gave us a chance in doubles.”
Christopher Taylor-Bice was the only other River King to pick up a win, defeating Ethan Heth 6-4, 2-6, 10-2. That left the River Kings trailing 4-2 heading into doubles.
“All three doubles teams came off dominant, but slipped in the second set,” Carbajal said. “Five of the nine mathces went to a super tie breaking, which is promising.
“Our No. 1 doubles played huge for us and gave our No. 2 doubles motivation in their super tie breaker.”
Matt Current and Ricky Clay won in two sets, 6-1, 7-5. Hyde teamed up with Andrew Brisch and they won 6-1, 6-7 (4-6), 10-4. Clinton couldn’t pull out a doubles sweep.
Clinton slips to 1-2 on the season and play in a tournament this weekend at Muscatine.
River Queensstay perfect
MUSCATINE — The Clinton River Queens kept their tennis season perfect with a 9-0 sweep on the road at Muscatine Thursday afternoon.
“We were blessed with some beautiful weather and most of the kids played some beautiful tennis,” Clinton coach Cindy Rasche said.
Kiersten Housenga found herself in a battle with Muscatine’s Ellie Kahill, but pulled out the 6-1,7-6 (3) victory. Both Kaitlynn Green and Kylie Housenga ended with 6-0, 6-0 wins. Kaylee Camp took down Alex Sichterman 6-1, 6-0, Lacey Pickney defeated Sophia Emmert 6-1, 6-0 and MacKenzie Lange grabbed the win over Maria Engler 6-1, 6-1.
Kiersten Housenga paired up with Green for a 6-1, 6-0 doubles victory. Camp and Pickney won 6-0, 6-0 over Engler and Sichterman and Lange and Kylie Housenga won by a score of 6-1, 6-0.
The junior varsity won 12-1.
The River Queens improve to 4-0 on the season, and will go up against Pleasant Valley at home at Max Lynn Courts on Tuesday.
River Queens notch first win
DAVENPORT — The Clinton River Queens not only netted their first goals of the year, but did it in a 3-0 victory over Davenport West on the road on one of the first days with decent weather.
It was a slow start for the River Queens, who had not found their offense yet. The score after 40 minutes of play was still sitting at 0-0.
“At halftime the team and I were able to discuss what was working and what we needed to improve on to get the win,” first year coach Nick Hauenstein said. “I loved the way the girls responded in the second half.”
Allison Mitchell scored the first goal of the season on a free kick from 35 yards out at the start of the half.
“I thought Allison put in a great ball in a dangerous area and it resulted in a goal,” Hauenstein said. “Shots on goal is what I’ve been preaching to the girls. If we don’t shoot, we won’t score.
“I thought the first goal settled everyone on the team down and we were finally able to start moving the ball around and playing to each other.”
About 15 minutes after Mitchell’s goal, Hannah Dash was able to find the back of the net on a well driven left footed shot.
“Hannah has a great shot,” Hauenstein said. “She had an opportunity in the first half in a similar position but swung the shot wide. She was composed on her second attempt and tucked it away.”
As the second half continued on, the Queens began high pressing the Falcons and it was resulting in more chances for the team. Midway through the second half, freshman Molly Shannon made a quick double move up the sideline and eventually drew a foul in the box for a penalty kick. Hannah Dash tallied her second goal of the game as she fired her penalty kick into the right corner.
“Molly did a tremendous job of staying with the play and winning us a scoring opportunity.” Hauenstein said. “I knew the girls weren’t pleased with their performance in the first half and I challenged them to raise their level of intensity and communication.”
The young squad certainly responded, and are hoping this is a sign that they’re getting used to each other as a team.
“We started off slow in the first half and weren’t doing the things we needed to do to be successful,” said Allison Mitchell. “Playing with a lot of new faces on the varsity team is an adjustment that we’re all getting used to still. Things are coming together in practice and as the season goes on I think we’ll be able to understand each other’s tendencies better.”
The River Queens found themselves in the win column for the first time in the 2018 season, also grabbing a Mississippi Athletic Conference victory.
“It’s always great to get a conference win,” Hauenstein said. “I’ve had experience coaching and playing against teams all over the state and the MAC is definitely one of the toughest conferences top to bottom for girls soccer.”
The River Queens head to Central DeWitt on Saturday to participate in an all-day tournament.
Indians improve, shoot past Cascade
CASCADE — Big improvements, a new school record and a victory capped off a successful day on the course for Camanche girls golf.
The Indians ended with a final team score of 207, defeating Cascade on the road.
Hanna Nissen led the team with a 42, a new school record for a 9-hole score. Jordan Smith wasn’t far behind, shooting a 50.
Cameron Drury and Skylar Jess came in next with scores of 58 and 59.
The Indians improved their team score by seven strokes from the first meet. They will gold 18-holes on Monday at Valley Oaks Golf Course in Clinton, starting at 11 a.m.